sweetcorn/dwarf french beans

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Salmo

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Re: sweetcorn/dwarf french beans
« Reply #15 on: May 20, 2011, 09:19 »
Suttons Swift chitted 34 out of 35 now all growing well.

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The problem is usually with the grower. My experience is that sweetcorn needs to be warm to germinate and the compost is best just moist. When they are chitted on damp kitchen paper they have taken up enough moisture to keep them going for a while without soaking the compost.

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Re: sweetcorn/dwarf french beans
« Reply #16 on: May 20, 2011, 09:42 »
My northern extra sweet have all germinated. I did chit them tho.
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Re: sweetcorn/dwarf french beans
« Reply #17 on: May 20, 2011, 11:11 »
The problem is usually with the grower. My experience is that sweetcorn needs to be warm to germinate and the compost is best just moist. When they are chitted on damp kitchen paper they have taken up enough moisture to keep them going for a while without soaking the compost.

Well this particular grower ( :)) used exactly the same sowing technique as for several previous years which always had an all-but 100% success rate.

I think the chitting success rate of the "fresh" seed speaks for itself (and for the 1-year old F1 seeds it's about what I would have expected.)
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